Waikiki Aquarium Brings Traveling Exhibit to Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
HONOLULU, HAWAII – The Waikiki Aquarium recently launched a new traveling exhibit at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. On display for a limited time, the photo exhibit highlights various coral species with underwater images by world-renowned photographer Keoki Stender. The coral captured in the photo series can also be found in the Aquarium’s new Living Reef exhibit, slated to open August 2018.
“We are thrilled to share a piece of the Waikiki Aquarium with guests who visit the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort,” says Dr. Andrew Rossiter, director of the Waikiki Aquarium. “Through our new traveling exhibit, we hope to educate the community beyond the walls of the Aquarium about the significant role that coral plays in our marine ecosystems.”
“This educational exhibit aligns perfectly with OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE), our global coral conservation initiative and further cements our long-standing partnership with the Waikiki Aquarium and NOAA,” said Monica Salter, vice president of corporate communications for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “Caring for our oceans is part of Outrigger’s DNA and we cherish the opportunity to share this with our guests, whether through our unique coral planting program, our OZONE branded reef-friendly sunscreen or on-property exhibits like this one.”
The collection of photos first debuted as part of the Ka `Ike O Ka Moana: The Knowledge of the Ocean exhibit at Honolulu Hale in June. The traveling exhibit features six photographs of coral on canvas with corresponding information cards. Accompanying the exhibit is a NOAA/National Marine Sanctuaries video showcasing the Kumulipo creation chant that tells the story of coral polyp as the origin of life.
The traveling exhibit will be on display at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s Hawai`iloa Exhibit Room from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday, through the end of September 2018. Admission is free.
About the Waikiki Aquarium
Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park. The Aquarium – second oldest in the U.S. – showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,500 marine specimens. Public exhibits, education programs and research focus on the unique aquatic life of Hawai and the tropical Pacific. The Aquarium welcomes more than 300,000 visitors annually, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day. Admission is $12 for visitors; $8 for local residents and active duty military with ID; $5 for senior citizens and juniors ages four to 12; and free for children three and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members. For more information about the Waikiki Aquarium, including membership, call (808) 923-9741 or visit www.waikikiaquarium.org.
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